The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.
This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.
Solomon’s seal, Polygonatum biflorum, is a shade-loving plant that you’ll find growing in the forest-like microclimate between West 25th and West 27th Streets. The raised walkway of the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover allows visitors to experience this section of the High Line at canopy level. This time of year, as the weather warms, the leaves of big leaf magnolia, sassafras, and serviceberry trees that dominate this section are thickening. In the shade of the trees, stop to look closely for moss and ferns thriving, and the blooms of red baneberry and Solomon’s seal appearing.
These hardy perennials are native to the eastern United States and southern Canada. This time of year they produce dangling white flowers, which turn to dark blue berries later in the summer.
Fun fact: Solomon’s seal is part of the asparagus family.
WHERE TO SEE THIS PLANT
On the High Line between West 25th and West 27th Streets